A rather wet Atlantis has made it back into her Orbiter Processing Facility (OPF-1) after being demated from the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) she piggybacked to Florida on top of.
Orbiters are usually demated the same day they arrive, although Atlantis had to wait until 3:15 pm local time, before being towed the short distance back to the OPF from the Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF) for safing and post flight processing.
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Although no in-depth processing information has been made available today – due to the July 4th holiday – engineers were working on demating Atlantis as of last night, with high powered lights being placed around the orbiter/SCA duo to aid continued work.
No notes of an actual problem had been mentioned – although soaked by a downpour that occurred over the SLF area not long after she arrived at the MDM (Mate De-Mate) facility.
Confirming Atlantis had been successfully demated Wednesday afternoon, United Space Alliance updated information to note ‘At the SLF: OV-104 (Atlantis) is being towed to OPF-1 at this time,’ at 3:15pm Eastern.
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Around 50 engineers are working through the holiday at KSC, helping safe Atlantis inside OPF-1. Several weeks of post flight processing will take place, in tandem with pre-launch processing for Atlantis next mission, STS-122.
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